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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Advanced Time Management
Friday, January 17, 2020, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success. More information

Handling Difficult Conversations
Thursday, January 23, 2020. 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Difficult conversations are a part of our professional careers, so to be successful in them we must learn, practice and hone the skills necessary for this type of work.  As with many aspects of life, the more you practice the more confident you will be in handling difficult conversations.  In this workshop participants will learn how to actively bring their concerns to the table with the goal of working toward the best win-win scenario for everyone. More information

Making Genuine Connections: Using Improv to Effectively Network
Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Does networking feel awkward? Do you hate small talk? Do you feel like networking is inauthentic? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to find your own networking voice to connect with others in an authentic way and develop strategies to overcome the doubts that you have about networking. Try out improv comedy activities in a fun and supportive environment to warm up and connect with others and then apply those simulations to tangible takeaways to help you connect with others in various networking settings. No prior acting experience needed. More information

Expressing Yourself: Improving Communication by Understanding Preferences
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Have you ever wondered why a colleague always wants an agenda to prepare for a meeting or needs to know the big picture in order to work on the small details of a project? Using a free online assessment to explore your Myers-Briggs personality preferences, we’ll focus on how you can leverage a better understanding of others’ preferences to improve your communication with your research colleagues. More information

The Elevator Pitch, or Making a Successful Introduction
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The elevator pitch can serve as your introduction in networking opportunities. How can you make it as effective as possible? In this workshop, communication expert Joy Javits, President of In the Public Eye, will help you draft, edit, and practice your elevator pitch. You'll receive feedback on how to sharpen your pitch and establish your professional image in this limited-enrollment workshop. More information

List of Past Workshops

Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. Developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and self-awareness can benefit master’s students whether they plan to work or continue their education after graduation. The Graduate School offers a workshop series each semester focused on the needs of master’s students.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  5. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  6. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  7. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  8. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  9. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  10. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.
  12. Keep track of upcoming career and professional development events.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School